14 Gift Ideas for the RV Owner in Your Life
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Ashley Mann spent three years living full time in a 38-foot, 5th-wheel RV with her husband Josiah and their cat, Kitty. Her favorite thing about RV life is the challenge of finding the perfect way to organize a space, and she loves seeing all the creative and clever ways people come up with to customize their RVs.
Wondering what to give as a Christmas present or retirement gift for an RV owner you know? It can be tough to find something affordable that RV owners want—especially if they live in their RV full time and don't have a lot of extra space!
This list of gift ideas is based on comments I've heard from other people who live or camp in RVs. There's something on this list sure to please even someone who seems to not need anything!
I can't think of anyone who wouldn't be able to use a magnetic spice tin set like this one. The metal panel that comes with it can be mounted on a wall or cabinet door, or if vertical space is limited, the tins can be stuck to a range hood or refrigerator, or if nothing else the tins can just be stacked in a drawer or cabinet. Even though I already have a whole wall of magnetic spice tins, I could definitely use a cool set like this.
A bird feeder
Even people who already have bird feeders can usually find enough space to hang one more. A hummingbird feeder is ideal for people who RV in warmer climates, or you could get a songbird feeder for people who RV through the winter. I hang my bird feeders on the outside of my RV using these hooks, in case you want to include a set.
The ultimate adhesive wall hanging kit
Speaking of adhesive hooks, that's one thing that just about any RV owner can always use more of. Maybe you could put together a gift basket including Command hooks, Command strips, Velcro, and my favorite acrylic double-sided tape?
A Cross Stitch Kit
Cross stitch is a relaxing hobby that would be perfect for sitting around the campfire or passing time on a rainy day. It doesn't take up much space, and when the craft is complete, it can become wall decor for the person's camper!
This kit would be simple enough for a beginner and cute for someone who already enjoys cross stitch:
A mobile gardening kit
Do you know an RV owner with a green thumb? He or she might enjoy indoor herb garden like this one. Or if that person generally stays in the same place for longer periods of time, maybe they would enjoy some grow bags and seeds for a container garden. For more mobile garden gift ideas, take a look at my blog post about growing plants while living in an RV.
An oxygenics shower head
Give the gift of a hotter, higher pressure shower. Find out if they already have this first; if they don't, you can thank me later. This is the model I have in my shower, pictured below.
Personalized camper themed gifts
If you're looking for something more personal, how about something you can have made custom, like a doormat, or can cooler or welcome sign? Find more ideas in my article about Personalized Gifts for RV Owners.
A set of multi-use mason jar lids
Help an RV owner save space by giving him or her a Mason jar with multiple uses. With the right lid, a single canning jar can be used as a travel mug, a citrus juicer, a cocktail shaker, a cheese grater, and much more!
Travel Sized Games
Board games take up quite a bit of space, but card games and travel sized versions of board games can be stored easily in a camper. One card game that was a favorite in my family that many people haven't heard of is a game called Set. It's simple enough for kids to play, but challenging enough for adults to enjoy!
Holiday throw pillow covers
Those who RV year round often don't have much room for storing seasonal decor, so throw pillows with changeable covers are a space-efficient way to decorate for each holiday. How about buying a set (if they don't already have some) along with some covers for Christmas, Independence Day, autumn, and other favorite holidays?
An Instant Pot or Instant Pot cookbook
This 7-in-1 electric cooking device may hold the record for most popular kitchen appliance in the RV community. If your friend or family member already has one, perhaps an Instant Pot cookbook would make a good gift.
Digital books are a lot lighter for bookworms to carry on the road. I have a Kindle Paperwhite that I love – I don't need an e-reader to do anything fancy, but I do appreciate the backlight for reading at night. Someone who already has a Kindle might appreciate a subscription to Kindle Unlimited.
I am also a big fan of Audible. In fact, I have probably listed to more books than I have read on my Kindle. I also like the Whispersync feature, which lets me read a book on my Kindle where I left off listening on Audible. You can gift three-month, six-month, or 1-year subscriptions to Audible (which equates to three, six, or twelve audiobooks).
…Okay, as I was researching this article (after I wrote the two paragraphs above), I found out about the new Kindle Oasis…and it's pretty cool. Not only is it waterproof, it also lets you listen to Audible books directly from the device as you read along. So fancy. (And with a fancy price to match!)
You can't go wrong with food (well, as long as you are aware of any allergies or special diets). But my favorite gifts to get are the ones I can consume: homemade snacks and baked goods, preserves, cheeses, wine….
Did you know you can search Amazon for your friends' publicly viewable wish lists? This can be a good way to buy something they want without having to ask what they want. Or you can't decide on what to get, I guarantee you any RV owner will be thrilled to get an Amazon gift card. that they can use to buy whatever they want or need: RV equipment, Kindle books, clothes that fit…You can even purchase one in a cute box, inside a greeting card, or send one via email (great for last minute gifts!).
I love the spice tins…I have them in my camper and used my Cricut to make custom labels. You can see that here: https://homeiswherewetakeit.com/rv-storage-ideas/. I also love Command hooks. I’m sure someone might feel funny giving these, but trust me…RVers would LOVE to receive them! There’s never a time you DON’T need them! Same thing with Amazon cards, you can get everything under the sun on Amazon! Thanks for this great list, Ashley!